The King's Cavalier Author:Samuel Shellabarger Historical fiction, published 1950. — From the inside dustjacket: "...the story of a young Frenchman and a young Englishwoman who were caught in the wild plots and counterplots surrounding the Bourbon conspiracy against Francis I. — ...The year is 1523, in the reign of Francis I. Charles Duke of Bourbon, Constable of France, in league with Henry V... more »III of England and the Emperor Charles V, has launched a rebellion against the King. Francis, vital, brilliant, and pleasure-loving, is trying to gain possession of the Bourbon provinces, thus uniting the kingdom and eliminating the last of the French feudal states. In this he is ably abetted by his mother, Louise de Savoie, a shrewd, ambitious woman of an indomitable will."« less
Pauvre M. de Lallière! A possible forebear of M. DArtagnan, is caught between the Valois King and the Bourbon renegade. So here it is; the Catholic Church is wealthy and still meddles in politics of state; France is threatened from the north and faces an insurrection from the southern provinces, yet still plans to invade Italy (again). And, everyone is to be taxed again to support regal whims. Yet, unlike today, the wealthy are also to be hard hit through confiscations, etc. Worthy of Dumas peré, but sans the drollness, your author paints a vivid picture of 16th century France: 1523 to be exact. Here is another forgotten author who deserves much better recognition than some old, poorly made renditions of his manuscripts.